Comedian/actor Joel McHale unveiled his new weekly series coming to Netflix, with The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale starting Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The streaming service unveiled the official title treatment and a new image, while the host took to social media to unveil the first trailer. The comedian was planning to reveal the new set for his show, but things didn't quite go according to plan.
The trailer features Joel McHale standing in front of a green curtain, announcing that he's about to unveil the new set of his show, but when he pulls the curtain back, all that's there is a green screen. The host goes on to add that the streaming service is "out of money," as an explanation for his shoddy set, while seemingly taking a jab at the popular yet critically-panned Netflix original movie Bright, hinting that they may have run out of money because they spent it all on "Orcs." Netflix did shell out a whopping $90 million for that movie, which included $3 million for Max Landis script alone, but that pales in comparison to the $6 billion the streaming service spent on all of their content last year.
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is a new, weekly half-hour topical series that takes a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe. It's a fast and funny distillation of everything people are talking about that week. Featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and insane video clips from the worldwide realms of TV, sports, politics, celebrity culture, and every corner of the internet, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is destination viewing for comedy lovers, or people who just really, really like green screens. The Joel McHale Show launches globally February 18, 2018.
Joel McHale serves as the host and executive producer of the series, with filmmaker Paul Feig also serving as an executive producer with KP Anderson, Jessie Henderson, Brad Stevens, and Boyd Vico. Unlike almost all of the Netflix original shows, which roll out all of their episodes at once, optimal for binge viewing, there will be a weekly rollout of these episodes, with the first season comprised of 13 30-minute episodes. The show will be taped every Thursday from Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles, with each episode debuting on Netflix on the following Sunday.
Filmed on location at Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles, the show is produced by Pygmy Wolf Productions, Free Period Productions, and Feigco Entertainment in association with Lionsgate Television. Joel McHale is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. KP Anderson is repped by the Gersh Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher. Paul Feig is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern LLP. Jessie Henderson is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan et al. Boyd Vico and Brad Stevens are repped by WME. Take a look at the first trailer, along with the title treatment and photo, courtesy of Netflix